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Hitler's Peace

Narrated by: Jeff Harding
Length: 15 hrs and 50 mins
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Summary

A gripping alternative history thriller set in the Second World War, from the internationally acclaimed and best-selling author of the Bernie Gunther novels.

Autumn 1943. Hitler knows he cannot win the war: now he must find a way to make peace. FDR and Stalin are willing to negotiate; only Churchill refuses to listen. The upcoming Allied Tehran conference will be where the next steps - whatever they are - will be decided.

Into this nest of double- and triple-dealing steps Willard Mayer, OSS agent and FDR's envoy to the conference. His job is to secure the peace that the USA and Hitler now crave. The stakes couldn't be higher.

Showcasing Philip Kerr's brilliant research and masterful plotting at its best, Hitler's Peace has never before been published in the UK and is a fitting coda to the career of one of the masters of the historical thriller.

©2020 Philip Kerr (P)2020 Quercus Editions Limited

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Great first part. Poor finish

I enjoyed this book until the last 4 chapters. I could go along with the inclusion of real characters from history populating the story. For the first part of the book this worked really well - FDR, Schellenberg & Powell rubbing shoulders with the main character. However, the book turned towards ‘alternative’ history of WW2 and a weak finale. This was a shame as there was a great much shorter novel in there somewhere.

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Can only make us wonder what more Philip Kerr could have done.

Kerr’s untimely death robbed his readers of who knows how many more great books. This one plays fast and loose with history and with the notions of fact, image and storytelling. Real people pop up but that doesn’t mean the story is. It’s done in a subtle and amusing way though.

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There was a great story in here somewhere.

First off, this is a quite absorbing tale which is extremely well narrated,however! The denouement is extremely weak and sadly badly constructed. The idea that one of the principal players would have been influenced in the way he is by a concern for the human suffering of his own people is a laughable construct. Similarly the ending is a trite and cliched sacrificial nonsense which plays against everything we have learned about the character during the novel. Disappointing to say the least.

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Bernie Guntheresque

Good and entertaining book however it could have been better. Narrator is not very good in my opinion and its a pity. Portrays however an interesting thesis and good listen to spend some time.

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Weak ending

Author doesn't like the British, there are little stereotype digs all over the book that shows his dislike. This undermines the tone of the book and comes across a little childish. After a promising start, this drags in the middle to the point where I almost gave up. Eventually, the story does pick up pace and the sub plot builds intrigue. Unfortunately, just when you reach the point where you are hooked, the book reaches a rather rushed ending. The villain is unmasked with a confession and the hero is killed off in the third person. I was left somewhat underwhelmed and wanting to know what could have been and more about the summit.

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Well written and well narrated

Excellent in all ways. I will certainly read/ listen to other Philip Kerr books soon